Phoenix Comicon just had another year of record breaking attendance, and it was once again a purr worthy show for Chaos in Color. We have vended there since 2012, and despite the rising costs it's a show that I would be loath to miss, both in terms of an enthusiastic crowd and just the sheer fun of being there.
Our top seller this year was Cosmos. This piece has a deep philosophical feeling that inspires our more contemplative visitors to stand in front of it and just stare. Many will eventually ask what it's about.
Well here it is. I based this piece on Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, which is a science documentary series from 2014 staring Neil deGrasse Tyson. The opening sequence features a nebula that morphs in to a human eye, and as I remember it, the transformation was mesmerizing.
If you have a blank look on your face right now, you're not the only one. Sometimes I'm left with the feeling that I'm the only one who has seen the show, although I know that's not true. It has a fiercely loyal following in certain sciencey circles.
While they are both giant eyes in space, my finished artwork has only a superficial similarity to the inspiration. Not only is the color scheme completely different, but the eye belongs to a cat, and I added both the crackles of lightning and the pensive little cat looking in to the nebula. I picture this little cat as sitting on the deck of the "ship of the imagination". If you didn't watch the show, or the original series with Carl Sagan, the ship is how the narrator takes the viewer to explore places that we can't actually visit.
So that's my version of it, but many commenters see something very different in this painting. I've overheard countless viewers tell their companions that my cats-eye Cosmos looks like the infinitely more famous flaming Eye of Sauron.
That interpretation of the artwork does fit nicely with the pop culture mecca of Phoenix Comicon, and although I myself just barely see the resemblance to the fiery ocher eye from The Lord of the Rings, I do like to hear the stories that viewers read in to my paintings.
About the Author
Annie Dunn is the artist behind Chaos in Color. She's been a digital painter since 2003 and a scrap paper doodler for her entire life. She's kind of nutty about cats, has an odd affinity for skeletons, and likes to watch period movies on Netflix.